Constitution of the Federated States of Micronesia

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The Constitution of the Federated States of Micronesia is the supreme law of the country. It was adopted in 1979.

History[edit]

The drafting of the constitution began in June 1975. It was ratified on October 1, 1978, and took effect on May 10, 1979. May 10 is now celebrated as Constitution Day. The constitution has been amended once, in 1990.[1]

Constitution[edit]

The constitution is based on that of the United States, Micronesia's former colonizer. It provides for a separation of powers between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, as well as a federal system. However, in contrast to the U.S., Micronesia has a unicameral legislature, with four senators representing the four states for four year terms, and ten representatives apportioned by population who serve two year terms. Also unlike the U.S., the President and Vice President are elected by the legislature, known as the National Congress.[2]

Articles[edit]

The constitution consists of a preamble, and sixteen articles.

Article I[edit]

Article 1 defines the territory of the Federated States of Micronesia.

Article II[edit]

Article II ensures the constitution's supremacy over other laws.

Article III[edit]

Article III is the nationality law of the Federated States of Micronesia.

Articles IV, V, & VI[edit]

Articles IV, V, & VI act as the bill of rights for the Federated States of Micronesia, with Article V specifically protecting traditional rights of tribal leaders, and Article VI granting suffrage to those over eighteen years of age.

Articles VII-XI[edit]

Articles VII-XI set out of the government of the Federated States of Micronesia, with a separation of powers among three branches, executive (Article X), legislative (Article IX), and judicial (article XII). Article VII creates a federal system with a national government, as well as state and local ones. Article VIII separates powers among these three levels.

Article XII[edit]

Article XII concerns government finance.

Article XIII[edit]

Article XIII consists of general provisions.

Article XIV[edit]

Article XIV sets out the process of amending the constitution.

Articles XV & XVI[edit]

Articles XV & XVI are transitional provisions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Micronesia, Federated States of". The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, D.C.: Central Intelligence Agency. 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Federated States of Micronesia country brief". Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. March 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.